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Psychosomatic pain

What is psychosomatic pain?

Psychosomatic pain, also known as psychogenic pain, is a pain condition linked to psychological causes or triggers.

Psychosomatic means affecting mind and body.

This type of condition is sometimes called a somatoform disorder and symptoms may be classed as 'medically unexplained'.

Mental health or emotional problems can cause a person's pain, increase the symptoms or prolong the pain.

A person with psychogenic pain may describe pain that does not match their symptoms.

Types of psychogenic pain

Eight areas commonly affected by psychosomatic pain are:

How is psychogenic pain diagnosed?

Psychosomatic pain will be diagnosed after other possible causes of a person's pain are ruled out.

The diagnosis is likely to involve doctors who specialise in the symptoms of physical pain and mental health professionals.

If you think someone is experiencing this type of pain, advise them to seek medical advice.

How is psychogenic pain treated?

The goal of treatment for psychogenic pain is eliminating or lessening the person's symptoms. This will depend on individual circumstances, and may include:

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on September 01, 2016

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